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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity"[viewed]

20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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OECD Hosts Second Green Investment Financing Forum at Climate Week Paris[viewed]

As part of Climate Week Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized the second Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) from 19-20 May 2015. The event brought together senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a candid discussion with special focus on green investment banks.

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UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF[viewed]

The Ministers invited: the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) to give appropriate consideration to the issue of financing for forests and SFM as one of its priorities; forum members, financing institutions and the private sector to aim to ensure investment and development finance take account of forests in poverty eradication and sustainable development; the UNFCCC COP to consider the importance of forests and SFM in both climate change mitigation and adaptation, in accordance with its mandates; the COPs to the CBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC to consider outputs of the future IAF; and existing and emerging forest-related financing initiatives, including GEF and GCF, to support the implementation of SFM.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Paper Identifies Options for Possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism[viewed]

A "food for thought paper" has been released regarding a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The inputs to the paper include the revised draft Addis Ababa Accord for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which was released on 6 May 2015, and discussions during the joint meeting of the FfD3 and post-2015 negotiations on 22 April and the FfD3 intersessional discussions on 15 May 2015. The proposals are also informed by the work of the Informal inter-agency working group (IAWG) on a technology facilitation mechanism.

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ILO Warns Against Insecurity in Employment Market[viewed]

Warning against “widespread insecurity in the global employment market,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a report that indicates that 75% of workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs. The report, titled ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2015: The Changing Nature of Jobs,' which represents 84% of the global workforce, also underscores that women are disproportionately among those in temporary and part-time employment.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean[viewed]

The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) met to discuss the outcome of the GOC report, ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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Mountain Partnership Reflects on Key Achievements[viewed]

In its annual report, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects on its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD). Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the report, titled ‘A Year-long Ascent,' describes work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and leading capacity development initiatives.

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2015 Global Land Forum Focuses on Africa, Indigenous Peoples' Rights[viewed]

The 2015 Global Land Forum (GLF), which met under the theme ‘Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action,' brought together practitioners, land users, activists, policymakers and researchers from around the world to debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance. The Forum aimed to contribute to international goals related to poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including those within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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